Arts news

CBE for festival guest director

COMPOSER Jonathan Dove, the guest director of this year’s Salisbury International Arts Festival, has been awarded a CBE for services to music in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Jonathan has played a key role in the development and programming of the 2019 festival, which featured several of his compositions. These included the premiere of…

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Reflections in the Cathedral Refectory

WORLD-famous light installation artist Bruce Munro is on Wiltshire home ground with his latest work, Confluence, created for Salisbury Cathedral’s Refectory restaurant. Confluence, a shimmering display of five large panels, each made up of 240 colourful recycled CDs, was inspired the Cathedral’s site at the confluence of five rivers – the Avon and its tributaries…

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Recycled plastic for Glastonbury arena

THE Gas Tower dance arena in the Shangri-La area of this year’s Glastonbury Festival will be made from plastic that has been collected during May from beaches, streets and in parks in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. Glastonbury has banned the sale of plastic bottles at this year’s festival which opens on 26th June. This recycling…

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Studio Theatre celebrates work in progress

SALISBURY’s Studio Theatre had three sell-out evenings in June, celebrating success in two regional drama competitions and the remarkable progress on the extension to the theatre in Ashley Road. Members, supportters and friends toured the backstage area and had a preview of the new building. Work on the extension began in March 2018, when the…

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Seventy years of Lyme Regis on film

AS a film location, Lyme Regis is best known for the iconic scene in The French Lieutenant’s Woman, with a wind-swept and haunted Meryl Streep looking out to sea on The Cobb. But the town has had starring roles in two other films, 70 years apart. A few weeks ago, the national press was full…

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Stars announced for Bath’s Beauty and the Beast

BATH Theatre Royal has a line-up of stars and local favourites for this year’s pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, which will run from 12th December to 12th January. Wendi Peters, a much-loved star of television and stage, will play Fairy Bon-Bon, alongside comedian Jon Monie, who has been delighting Bath audiences for many years, and…

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Panto award success for Lighthouse star Chris Jarvis

CHRIS Jarvis, who co-wrote, directed and played the title role of Dick Whittington, last year’s family pantomime at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre, was named Best Principal Boy in the Great British Panto Awards, hosted by Christopher Biggins. Chris, who saw off competition from three Peter Pans and an Aladdin, dedicated his award to “all the…

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New Jackdaws music studio

THE new music studio that opened at Jackdaws in Great Elm on 25th May re-inforces the centre’s firm commitment to arts education in the South West. The purpose built studio was funded by a legacy from the Jackdaws music eductaion trust founder, the late and celebrated mezzo-soprano Maureen Lehane. She founded Jackdaws Music Education Trust…

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Forgotten places brought to multi-media life

TWO places that the world has largely forgotten are brought to life in remarkable multi-media presentations at Salisbury Festival – Zvizdal, on 1st and 2nd June, looks at the lives of two people who stayed in the fall-out zone from Chernobyl, and Imber: You Walk Through, from 5th to 8th June evokes the experience of the…

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